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Health Services in Ireland

The Health Service Executive (HSE) runs Ireland's public health and personal social services. We all need to use the health service at some point in our lives, but may not know where to start or what help we are entitled to.

Everyone living in Ireland is entitled to certain services either free of charge or at a reduced cost.

To be eligible for public health services, you must be ordinarily resident in Ireland. This means that you have been living here for a minimum of one year or that you intend to live here for a minimum of one year.

GP services are free to people who have a current Medical Card or a GP Visit Card.

If your GP decides that you need to see a hospital consultant for a condition, you can be referred to a consultant in a public hospital without any charge.

If you are treated as a public patient in hospital, the only charge to you will be a nominal in-patient overnight charge, for up to the first 10 nights. Medical card holders are exempt from these charges.

There is a charge for visiting Accident and Emergency Departments, but if you are referred by your GP or you hold a current medical card, there is no charge.

All expectant mothers are entitled to free Maternity Care and Public Health Nurse visits up to six weeks after a baby is born.

Children in primary schools are offered dental checks and may be referred for treatment. All children can avail of their required childhood immunisations free of charge from a GP.

On the back pages of this booklet, you will find contact details for all the 32 HSE Local Health Offices in Ireland, so that you can ask more about or apply for services.

For information on health services and entitlements, call the HSE infoline - Call Save 1850 24 1850 or email info@hse.ie

Information on health services is also available from Comhairle:
Lo-Call 1890 777 121, Visit www.citizensinformation.ie, or call to Citizens Information Centres nationwide (see Golden Pages).



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